Category: Bluegrass Today Profiles

Geoff Bartley and Boston’s Golden Age of Bluegrass

| June 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

In bluegrass songs, good times are either past and gone or expected in a future beyond the grave, but in the present, times are hard. The hammer is too heavy, the road is rough and rocky, and the bucket has a hole in it. Once […]


New music coming from Tommy Brown & County Line Grass

| June 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the earliest days of bluegrass music it was the product of an authentically rural culture. The only artists making this new music in the 1940s were country and mountain folks whose lives revolved around the land from whence they took their living. It was […]


The Birchmere celebrates 50th anniversary

| June 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

The legendary bluegrass music listening venue in Alexandria, Virginia, The Birchmere, passed its 50th anniversary on April 4. Initially, the bar, with a capacity of between 150 and 200 seats, was located in Shirlington – just down the highway from the Pentagon – and served […]


100 Years of the Martin Dreadnought guitar

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Martin Dreadnought guitar. It has been said that it has changed the face of popular music. Hank Williams had one (the 1941 D-28 now owned by Neil Young), Bill Monroe had one, so did Gene Autry, Doc Watson, Jerry Garcia, John Lennon and Paul […]


Gospel Choices #5 – Shannon Slaughter

| June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Here’s the fifth contribution of a periodical feature, where we ask bluegrass personalities to choose their top five Gospel songs. This week we hear from Shannon Slaughter. Gone On Before – Larry Cordle: Pud Marcum’s Hangin’  – (MightyCord Records, 2011) Traveling Preacher – Blue Highway […]


Dinwiddie Festival grew from a lifetime of bluegrass

| June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

When I first met Allen Carpenter at SPBGMA earlier this year, I immediately wondered how a racetrack operator found his way to becoming a bluegrass event producer. This was following his first Dinwiddie Music Festival at Virginia Motorsports Park, which was a major undertaking with a long […]


Marc Pruett – a Carolina treasure

| June 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

This article is a contribution from Cindy Faulkner, a writer and bluegrass fan living near Raleigh, NC.  After Marc Pruett received a North Carolina Heritage Award recently, I had the pleasure of candidly chatting with him about bluegrass, playing the banjo, and some of his experiences […]


Sister Sadie launches powerful debut

| June 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

This recent interview with Sister Sadie is a contribution from Nancy Cardwell, long time employee and former Executive Director of the IBMA, and noted bluegrass writer and performer. Although the official release date for the self-titled debut Sister Sadie album from Pinecastle Records isn’t until […]


Young Uns #4 – Samantha Casey

| May 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Samantha Casey’s dad plays the banjo, and both her parents sing. They taught her to sing harmony around the house as a little child. Her mother learned to clog in high school and played the banjo in college but gave it up when she had […]


Anna & Elizabeth: New Twists on Old Tales

| April 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

It’s often difficult for artists who play roots music to bridge the gap between traditional and modern styles in a convincing way. If they venture too far from established convention, they sound contrived; if they stick too closely to it, they become a novelty act. […]